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  • Pension De-Risking Gets Political

    I have long maintained that retirement plan issues receive considerable attention whenever politicians enter the fray. Certainly that is the case with the U.S. debate about fiduciary standard rules among lawmakers, industry and regulators. Now it seems that de-risking is the next topic du jour for Congress.

    17 readers - Susan Mangiero/ Pension Risk Matters
  • Big Data, Dumpster Diving and the New Ethics of Waste Management

    New York Times: “Rubicon, based in Atlanta, isn’t in the business of hauling waste. It doesn’t own a single truck or landfill. Rather, companies hire it as a kind of waste consultant. It begins by holding an online bidding process for its clients’ waste contracts, fostering competition among waste management businesses and bringing down their prices….

    12 readers - Sabrina I. Pacifici/ beSpacific
    • “Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required”

      “’How can this happen?’ [Arnolds Park, Iowa restaurant owner Carole] Hinders said in a recent interview. ‘Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?’ The federal government does.” For years I’ve been writing about the injustice of federal deposit-structuring law, from the South Mountain Creamery case in Maryland on up, and more recent ...
      13 readers - Walter Olson/ Overlawyered
    • Ferguson: Whiteness or Copness

      In an unsurprisingly confused New York Times op-ed, Kate Manne, assistant professor of philosophy at Cornell University and writer on moral and feminist philosophy, seeks to explain the phenomenon of police treating protesters in Ferguson “like animals.” On Sept. 26, two peaceful protesters were arrested in Ferguson, Mo.
      9 readers - Simple Justice

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    • Combating a Flood of Early 401(k) Withdrawals – NYT

      …, a former Georgetown public policy professor who now runs a software company called HelloWallet, which aims to help employers help their workers manage their money better. In a paper he wrote with a colleague, he noted that industry veterans tend to refer to these retirement withdrawals as “leakage.” But as the two of them wrote, it’s really more like…

      1 readers - Sabrina I. Pacifici/ beSpacific
    • Facebook as a publisher of blog content?

      … directory from Google. We know where that ended up. It’s not that these companies are evil, it’s just that they dominate use of the net. Facebook is more important to publishers than Google. Publishers such as the New York Times have lost 50% of their home page direct traffic to social media, primarily Facebook. Lawyers, more comfortable…

      Kevin O'Keefe/ Real Lawyers Have Blogs
    • FOIA request reveals extensive government monitoring of US mail

      … New York Times: “In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations…

      2 readers - Sabrina I. Pacifici/ beSpacific
    • Morning Docket: 10.28.14

      … looking for extra income, check out Avvo’s new service, which offers consumers on-demand legal advice for a fixed fee. [Law Sites via ABA Journal] * Is it reversible error for a judge to refuse to ask voir dire questions related to sexual-preference prejudices? [Southern District of Florida via How Appealing] …

      David Lat/ Above the Law
    • Even Paranoids Have Enemies

      … school near Olympia. Old news for privacy watchdogs. But today, ACLU analyst Christopher Soghoian trawled through an arcane set of the bureau’s records and came across something startling: in order to get the suspect’s computer infected with the spyware, the documents suggest that the FBI sent a message to him that masqueraded as an e-mail from…

      2 readers - Simple Justice
    • Levin: Helping ex-offenders find employment makes us safer

      …Marc Levin of the Texas Public Policy Foundation was quoted this week in the New York Times (Oct. 24) supporting the idea of "ban the box" legislation making it easier for ex-offenders to apply for certain public sector jobs. Here's a notable excerpt: “There’s been a shift in people away from wanting to get even,” said Marc A. Levin, the policy…

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    • Asset forfeiture, drug legalization, and the mainstreaming of libertarian ideas

      … of previously marginalized libertarian ideas becoming a part of mainstream political discourse. Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and popular political participation. He is the author of "The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain" (forthcoming) and "Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter." …

      1 readers - Ilya Somin/ The Volokh Conspiracy
    • Is Climate Change a threat to National Security?

      …, that the president and his administration would focus on climate change when there are other, legitimate threats in the world,” Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) the Ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and known climate change skeptic told the New York Times.[5] Yet, Pentagon officials continue to suggest the significance of the issue, saying…

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    • Morning Docket: 10.27.14

      … benefits — now more than half the country. Yay! [Bloomberg] * Former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has withdrawn from consideration as a nominee for Eric Holder’s job as AG. She and her shoe collection will remain at Latham. [WSJ Law Blog] * [I]t’s profound that we have not made much progress on that front in the legal profession.” There’s…

      1 readers - Staci Zaretsky/ Above the Law
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